Caroline F. Ringo

Caroline F. Ringo

AGE: 86 • New Bern, NC

Caroline Fayelle Ringo (nee Davis), age 86, of New Bern, North Carolina, died Sunday, January 19. Born in Cambridge City, Indiana, she met her beloved husband, Kent Ringo while they were both students at Purdue University. Caroline had a lifelong love of learning; she taught school prior to marrying and earned her Masters Degree in Library Science while in her fifties. Caroline's passion for travel led the couple around the world. Kent and Caroline were influential in founding the very first Orienteering club in the United States, Delaware Valley Orienteering Association. She was one of the founders as well as Secretary to DVOA for 25 years. Because of their love of the outdoors, they were instrumental in leading the club to one of the biggest in the country.

They quickly made friends each place they lived, including Akron, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and New Bern, North Carolina. Caroline was a long-time 4-H leader, enhancing the lives of so many young people through her contribution of time, energy and love. Having grown up, an only child on a farm, with a love of reading, Caroline spent her childhood lying in the corn crib while reading her precious books that described far away places. What was a childhood fantasy became a reality and she enjoyed world travel. She completed her bucket list with a trip to the Galapagos Islands, where she enjoyed seeing the giant tortoises that have no knowledge (or fear) of people. Caroline loved her life and her husband and quietly died at home, following a 22 year battle with cancer.

Wife of Kent Alvin Ringo, she is survived by two daughters, Lori Rupe of Battle Creek, Michigan and Kelsey (Barry) Sims of North Carolina. Caroline is also survived by her four loving grandchildren, Skylar Crom of North Carolina, Kent Addison Cole, of Hawaii, Kristen Rupe of Michigan and Brighton T. Sims of North Carolina. Caroline is also survived by three great grandchildren.

Caroline was one of the most intelligent, caring and altruistic people that one could hope to know. Her tolerance for diversity should be celebrated and shared. She was an inspiration to all of us.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Coastal Carolina at 1310 Helen Ave., New Bern, NC 28560-3418; United States Orienteering Federation-Endowment Fund at P.O. Box 505, Riderwood, MD 21139 or Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Published in Courier-Post on Jan. 25, 2014